Iowa WR Matt VandeBerg Breaks Foot

Submitted by Bambi on September 26th, 2016 at 11:52 PM

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I don't know the trustworthy-ness of the source, but it seems like Iowa's top WR Matt VandeBerg has broken his foot. Not much other news is out there, but regardless this is not good news for Iowa. Their offense was already struggling with him in there, and now they lose one of their top playmakers. If this is true and he's not back by the Michigan game, our trip into Iowa City just got that much more manageable.

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Sac Fly

September 27th, 2016 at 12:03 AM ^

Iowa's offense is nothing but downhill running and routes that don't go deeper than 4 yards downfield. They are the least equipped team on the schedule to take on Michigan's defense.

ThadMattasagoblin

September 27th, 2016 at 12:29 AM ^

and Iowa has had trouble stopping the run. Iowa looks like your typical Iowa 7-5 punt from your opponent's 35 team. I'm not going to jinx it but if we get through this weekend I think we start 11-0.

Fnrmerse

September 27th, 2016 at 6:25 AM ^

Preseason was: "Man it's going be tough playing Iowa, MSU and OSU on the road" now it's "Man Wisconsin looks good but maybe not and OSU looks like that machine thing from the movie "Home""

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Larry Appleton

September 27th, 2016 at 7:48 AM ^

Mr. Twitter tells me that this guy played too much to apply for a redshirt. He and Clark each played four games. Is there anything to the fact that he got injured after the game while Clark got injured during the game? I doubt it, bit maybe?

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Wolverine In Iowa 68

September 27th, 2016 at 9:04 AM ^

It's true, I heard about it this morning.  He's out for the season after breaking his foot in practice. 

This is on top of losing to an FCS team (and getting voted out of the top 25), and struggling against Rutgers. 

The wheels are still on, but the lugnuts are loose as all get out

ak47

September 27th, 2016 at 9:26 AM ^

Sometimes I like reading other places message boards to get a not homer impression of our team and it is so weird.  Michigan fans are super confident, convinced our defense can shut down their offense and get enough points to win and their win over msu isn't actually that impressive.

Wisconsin fans are incredibly confident in their team, see no way we can run on their defense and see a team that struggled for a bit with Colorado before their starting qb went out and say we are overrated and haven't played anybody.  It will get settled on the field but it is interesting how two fanbases can both be so overconfident about a game that will probably be close with neither offense looking good.

jblaze

September 27th, 2016 at 9:31 AM ^

It is interesting mainly because Michigan has not played anybody good. Colorado may be good, but they had their backup QB. PSU had no LBs either so Michigan looks really good statistically.

Michigan fan's optimism is due to the fact that last year's D was really good and we have a more aggressive D.C. and didn't really lose anybody. However, they have underperformed, been injured a bit and Don Brown is unproven at Michigan.

Rdog

September 27th, 2016 at 9:40 AM ^

More importantly, FEI and most advanced stats give Michigan a big advantage and likeliood of winning this game.  The line is now 10 points and while lines are often wrong, they are the best and most accurate way to assess any given football game (IMO).

Having watched both teams my take is that Michigan is better at almost every position with the significant exception of FG kicker.   However, even this may be an advantage if it causes Harbaugh to go for more 4th down conversions.

ak47

September 27th, 2016 at 10:00 AM ^

Since those advanced stats are still like 40% pre season which clearly under ranked wisconsin that seems like poor reasoning.  Lines exist to be bet on, Michigan's lines tend to be skewed toward michigan because we have a rabid overconfident fanbase.  Vegas wants to make money, not predict who is the better team.

We struggled to run the ball between the tackles against ucf and colorado and struggled to protect the qb against colorado.  I don't see any evidence that suggests we will be able to run the ball between the tackles or not have Speight have pressure on at least 40% of drop backs in this game so Speight better do better in the face of pressure and we better be able to hit some shots downfield because I can't see long sustained drives being what we do.  This game has 17-14 or 20-17 written all over it..